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Johns Hopkins SAIS and Tel-Aviv University launch cooperative degree program



The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Tel-Aviv University (TAU), Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences have partnered to launch a cooperative degree program. This two-year program will enable students to earn a Master of Arts in International Affairs at SAIS Europe, the school’s European campus located in Bologna, Italy, and a Master of Arts at Tel Aviv University International (TAUi) in one of the following English-led degree programs: Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Cyber Politics and Government, Developing Countries, and Security and Diplomacy. Students in this two-year program spend one year at each campus and can begin their studies in either Bologna or Tel Aviv.
For more than 65 years, SAIS Europe has prepared students for global careers in public service, diplomacy, business, and nonprofit organizations under an American system of graduate education. SAIS graduates have become creative leaders who can see beyond borders and work across sectors. SAIS Europe Director, Michael Plummer states that “the new cooperative degree with Tel-Aviv University provides students the opportunity to experience two distinct academic, social, and cultural environments, to develop a global perspective, and to better understand the challenges facing Europe and the Middle East. It is an excellent opportunity for students interested in a multidisciplinary, international tool-based graduate education in international affairs.”
“Since its founding in the mid-1960s, the Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel-Aviv University has been an excelling, highly ranked and globally appreciated institution, led by its innovative researchers and teachers,” said TAU Social Sciences Faculty Dean, Prof. Itai Sened. “The faculty holds an important role and duty of making current, updated and precise knowledge available to its students and researchers around the world. Our agenda is to train and equip the students with knowledge and experience to enable them to improve our society and help create a better world. We are proud and excited to launch a collaboration with the Bologna branch of Johns Hopkins University. This new collaboration will enable students from both universities to gain two master’s degrees, one from each institution, in a short period of two years.”
Through this partnership, Tel Aviv University joins McGill University (Canada), Sciences Po Lille (France), SOAS London (UK) the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (Austria), University of Leiden (The Netherlands), and University of Bologna (Italy) and Hopkins-Nanjing Center (China), as one of SAIS Europe’s cooperative degree partners. 

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SAIS - Susannah Tillson
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Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe
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SAIS - Jason Lucas
Communications Manager
Johns Hopkins SAIS
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TAU - Orit Coty
Marketing Director
Tel Aviv University International
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About Johns Hopkins SAIS 

A division of Johns Hopkins University, the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) is a global institution that offers students an international perspective on today's critical issues. For 75 years, Johns Hopkins SAIS has produced great leaders, thinkers, and practitioners of international relations. Public leaders and private sector executives alike seek the counsel of the faculty, whose ideas and research inform and shape policy. Johns Hopkins SAIS offers a global perspective across three campus locations: Bologna, Italy; Nanjing, China; and Washington, D.C. The school's interdisciplinary curriculum is strongly rooted in the study of international economics, international relations, and regional studies, preparing students to address multifaceted challenges in the world today. For more information, visit or on Twitter @SAISHopkins 

About Tel Aviv University

Israel's largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning, Tel Aviv University (TAU) is home to over 1,200 researchers and 30,000 students, organized in nine faculties and over 125 schools and departments across the spectrum of sciences, humanities, and the arts. An interdisciplinary center of teaching and research, TAU ranks among the top 100 universities around the world and is consistently in the top 20 for scientific citations.  TAU International (TAUi) is host to nearly 3,000 international students from across the globe each year. Its 60 English-led academic programs are designed to empower its graduates through academic excellence, diverse experience, and non-stop discovery.  For more information, visit or


Wednesday, November 3, 2021